Southern Peru

14 Day – Lima, Paracas, Nasca, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco
PRICE: US$ $3,940

Day 1

After an early pick up form your hotel or airport we will transport you to your vehicles where we will familiarize you with the operation of the equipment. To start off our expedition we have an easy drive day, 250 Km down the Panamericana Highway, to the Paracas National Reserve. After arriving midafternoon, we will enter the park and explore some of its sights, and choose a beach on which to camp.

Day 2

The Paracas National Reserve offers interesting activities in archaeology, paleontology, bird watching, and water sports, especially sailing and windsurf.
Off the coast, are the Ballestas Islands,  known as the “Poor Man’s Galapagos”;  these islands are teeming with cormorants, sea lions, penguins, Peruvian Boobies, and Inca Turns.
We start off the day with an optional early speedboat cruise to the islands and/or spend the day enjoying all the park has to offer.

Day 3

We continue south another 250 Km on the Panamericana to the city of Nasca.
The Nazca Lines are a series of large ancient geogliphs drawn in the desert around 2,000 years ago; there are hundreds of simple lines and geometric shapes; more than 70 are designs of animals such as birds, fish, llamas, jaguars, monkeys, and human figures; others include shapes of trees and flowers.
By midafternoon, we should arrive in the proximity of Nasca and will have a chance to stop at a couple spots where we can get our first views of the Lines, perhaps a resupply expedition into town and off to pick a good camping spot in the desert.

Day 4

We will spend this day in the area, starting the day with a flight over the lines. The rest of the day we will visit three sites such as the Cantayoc Aqueducts, Chauchilla Cementery, and the adobe city of Cahuachi, all remains of the people who drew the Nasca Lines xxxxthousand years ago.
End the day with a short 150 Km drive down the Panamericana, to meet the Pacific Ocean again, which we have not seen since Paracas. Arrive at sunset and camp at Puerto Inca.

Day 5

From Puerto Inca we have a demanding stretch of Panamericana; 320 Km winding along the ocean

Day 6

Majes – Huambo – Cabanaconde
Drive 120 to 170 Km to Huambo or Cabanaconde.
Average 30 Km/hour 4 to 6 hours
-15.859314, -72.122287 Volcan Marbas Chico
A 6 Km mas, Volcan Montel
The Colca Canyon, at a depth of 3,270m is only the second deepest in the world; the first being the Cotahuasi Canyon… which is also in Peru.

Day 7

The Colca Canyon, at a depth of 3,270m is only the second deepest in the world; the first being the Cotahuasi Canyon… which is also in Peru.

Day 8

Another beautiful drive in the mountains through the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, volcano sightings, another 15,000ft pass and wildlife such as flamingo, vicuna and shepherds herding Llama and Alpaca.
Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world;  according to Quechua legend, this us wherefrom the original Inca Manco Capac arose with his wife Mama Ocllo to found the Inca Empire.
Overnight: Camp Hotel Flor del Lago. Services: Bathroom, Wi-Fi, Rooms available. Hotel Room Option US$ 25

Day 9 - Full day Lake Titicaca

We will spend the day navigating the lake on a visit to the island of Taquile and to the Uros Floating Islands. The Totora reeds which grow on the shores of the lake are used by the indigenous Uros to build their vessels, homes, and dozens of floating islands on which they live. Keeping these afloat is a constant chore as they must replace the top layers as the bottom ones get waterlogged and rot. Taquile on the other hand, is a solid 6 Km long jewel with a community of some 2,000 inhabitants that make their living from farming, tourism, and a textile weaving tradition named by Unesco a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Camp Hotel Flor del Lago

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Day 10

Day 11 -Joker Day

All our expeditions have one day set aside for any special interest you might have, be it hiking, rafting, cycling, or just staying put at camp.  

Day 12

Spend the day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas where we will visit the Maras Salt Mines, Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and the towns of Urubamba and Calca. Camp in Ollantaytambo.

Day 13

Depending on weather, we will make an overnight excursion to Rainbow Mountain, or to Tres Cruces camp, overlooking the Amazon basin.
Day excursion to Andahuaylillas, and Rainbow Mountain.   Wild Camp

Day 14

A 15 minute downhill walk from your camp is the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. Spend the day sightseeing in this beautiful city.